Most people, at the thought of a vacuum cleaner for hair instinctively think of something for cleaning floors, carpets or dog sheddings. The problem is a little simpler for animals than it is for us humans, because theirs is mostly seasonal and they don’t mind shedding in the first place, but for us, it’s quite the opposite. The only real way to prevent you hair from being all over the place, in both humans and pets, is proper grooming. Brush your pet’s hair regularly to prevent it from shedding all over your carpet. It’s a win-win. He’s comfortable, and you save yourself a whole lot of work. However, it’s completely possible to attack the problem at the core – just stick a nozzle on whatever is shedding and prevent it from happening in the first place. Voila! Problem solved.
This may sound a bit too good to be true, but we’ve had the technology quite a while already, and despite all the pain you have to go through cleaning up your hair, you can still use the same vacuum to clean your dog’s hair, even from the carpet.
Even so, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows when it comes to cleaning hair. There are some things you have to consider when you’re out there on your search for the best vacuum for hair. The relatively important ones of these are outlined below:
- Corded or cordless: Hair is really thin (duh), which gives it the superiority over you when it comes to playing games. Basically, hair can get trapped, literally in any crevice in your house. If you want to be able to reach it in even the hardest of places, or even clean the stairs, you need to get a model with a relatively longer cord than normal models. Bonus points if you’re able to get a cordless model.
- Power: Pet hair is notoriously difficult to clean up once it gets onto surfaces such as carpets. To get it free, you need to have some serious suction power on your vacuum. Of course, it has to be adjustable because you don’t want to be going out full power on your own hair.
- Brush roll: The primary problem with using a normal vacuum cleaner for pet hair instead of something more specialised is that pet hair tends to get stuck on the brush roll. A good pet vacuum cleaner should be designed with this in mind and compensate for it accordingly.
- Type of vacuum: Here, the battle of supremacy is essentially a fight between canister and upright vacuum cleaners. It’s a source of debate among kitchen and animal lovers which one is better, but as a general rule of thumb, the canister variety is more powerful and more portable while the upright variety is cheaper and more flexible to use. At the end of the day, though, it’s a matter of personal opinion.